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Statement from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu

Statement from Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Interim Kaiwhakahaere, Lisa Tumahai, on behalf of the Representatives of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Te Rūnanga). “Comments made by Tā Mark Solomon on Maori Television’s Native Affairs last night in relation to the CEO of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Arihia Bennett, are not supported by the…

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He Toki success

A magical combination of wishful thinking and pro-activity changed Ana Mayo’s life, energising her for a career in electrical engineering. Mayo, raised at White Rock, near Rangiora, says her fortunes turned for the better after she gave up a workaday job in a Christchurch skincare factory. At the time, Mayo was struggling for direction, both…

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Clean ocean advocate wins award

Hayden Smith, founder of the Sea Cleaners Charitable Trust has won the Kiwibank Local Hero Award for 2017 thanks to his incredible work cleaning our waterways. Hayden (Ngāi Tahu), is excited to share his feats with his Ngāi Tahu whānau and says the award is both an honour and a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness…

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Inaugural Māori land-based summit a success

Over 350 people from as far away as Hawaii travelled to the Lincoln Events Centre near Christchurch last week to attend Unleash the Māui, the first  Māori land-based summit of its kind to be held in Aotearoa. Hosted by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and  Whenua Kura, Unleash the Māui had a line-up of over…

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Ngāi Tahu rangatahi follows her passion

Alex Kitson, the 2016 recipient of the Beca Scholarship, is excited about her new position at Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu as a member of the Puna Mahara team within Te Ao Tūroa. Ngāi Tahu and Beca formed a partnership in 2015, which resulted in a new and exciting one year scholarship opportunity available to…

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First Māori Land-Based Summit ready to go  

  Over 300 people will be attending Unleash the Māui, the first  Māori land-based summit of its kind to be held this week at the Lincoln Events Centre. The three-day summit hosted by  Whenua Kura and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is a conference with a difference and Renata Hakiwai, Chair of the Unleash the Maui…

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Waitaha at Te Matatini 2017

  The newly founded Waitaha kapa haka team Te Poutūmārō, competed at their first Te Matatini festival in Hawkes Bay Sports Park, in Hastings on February 22-26. Te Poutūmārō competed alongside three other teams representing the South Island and all gave their best performance over the four-day event. Along with the three other Waitaha groups,…

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New Te Matatini trophy gifted by Poutini Ngāi Tahu

A new trophy, Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini,  gifted by representatives from Poutini Ngāi Tahu was awarded for excellence in te reo written composition at Te Matatini 2017 in Hawkes Bay. Te Tai Pūkarukaru o Poutini – the gentle rippling waves of the Poutini coast – was presented to the category winners Te Matarae I…

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Connecting iwi – a new way forward

As Hori Mataki reflects on how far he and the Digital Natives team have come in the development of IwiNet, he is excited about the potential technology has to connect every Māori with their whānau. “For us, it has always been about finding a way to use technology to overcome the sense of dislocation and…

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HR Volunteer of the Year

Claire Bourne, General Manager, People and Development, Ngāi Tahu Farming Limited was last week named HR Volunteer of the Year at the annual Human Resources Institute of New Zealand Awards in Auckland. Claire, who has been a member of HRINZ for the last five years, says she was honoured to receive the award and be…

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